The National Technical Institute for the Deaf sponsors and encourages research designed to enhance the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Faculty at NTID work either on discipline-based research within their own academic departments, or come together in research centers and or labs to work on strategic research projects. Students are encouraged to actively partner with faculty on research projects of mutual interest.
Research and scholarship are organized into centers focusing on four strategic areas of proven success that will continue to be the focus of the future—teaching and learning; communication; technology, access and support services; and employment and adaptability to social changes and the global workplace.
The NTID Center on Access Technology (CAT) is charged with investigating, evaluating and reporting on the most effective and efficient use of access technologies, and with training individuals in their use in order to accelerate the widespread implementation of best practices within deaf education at the postsecondary level.
NTID’s Center for Education Research Partnerships (CERP) seeks to establish and join research partnerships concerning development and learning among deaf and hard-of-hearing students across the lifespan and in various educational settings.
The primary mission of the Research Center for Teaching and Learning (RCfTL) is to create a setting in which diverse teams of faculty and students conduct research that will improve deaf education, expose students to research practices and prepare a future generation of educational researchers and scholars. A secondary mission is to facilitate the development of collaborative partnerships between RIT/NTID faculty and faculty in the other colleges of RIT who are focused on the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The focus of the Research on Employment and Adapting to Change (REACH) Center for Studies on Career Success is to conduct collaborative scholarly research on the employment and career outcomes of deaf college graduates including the examination of the multiple factors that contribute to their career and life success. These factors include college readiness, academic performance in college, personal characteristics, career growth and career change and related decision-making.
National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF/ATE) Center of Excellence
DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence, and serves as a resource for high schools and community colleges that educate deaf and hard-of-hearing students in STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs, and for employers hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. DeafTEC also partners with high schools, community colleges and industry to improve access to technological education and employment for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
The Deaf Studies Laboratory investigates cognitive, linguistic and social aspects of the Deaf Experience. It aims to bring more deaf individuals into a variety of fields of research in an American Sign Language-based student-centered environment, partnering with many universities and centers nationally and internationally.
The Collaboratory on Economic, Demographic and Policy Studies seeks to describe the demographic and economic conditions of the deaf and hard-of-hearing population in the U.S., with emphasis on the impact education has on improving these conditions.
Student Research Resources
Funds are available to support student researchers, with the goal of increasing the number of NTID-supported students who do research with faculty members at NTID. Students who are conducting research under externally funded projects are asked to use those funds before applying for the NTID-funded opportunities.